Local legislators co-sponsor ranked-choice voting bill


OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two local legislators have signed on to a bill promoting ranked-choice voting in Washington State.

Democratic 42nd District Representatives Sharon Shewmake and Alicia Rule are co-sponsors of House Bill 1156.

Ranked-choice voting is an electoral system that allows people to vote for multiple candidates, in order of preference.

The candidate with the majority (more than 50%) of first-choice votes wins outright.

If no candidate gets a majority of first-choice votes, then it triggers a new counting process.

The candidate who did the worst is eliminated, and that candidate’s voters’ ballots are redistributed to their second-choice pick.

Supporters of ranked-choice voting say it makes campaigns more civil, can save money, and improves voter expression.

Opponents have said ranked-choice voting is too complicated, and eliminates runoff elections where these are held, denying voters a second chance to evaluate the top contenders.

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